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Motor News

Owners of tiny smart cars invited to meet

To submit your event for free, email Wheels at wheels@coxohio.com. Deadline is 10 days prior to desired date of publication or event. WEEKLY CRUISE-IN • FRIDAY NIGHT KETTERING CRUISE-IN, April 21 through Sept. 15, 5 p.m. to dark, Kettering Towne Center at Dorothy Lane and Woodman Avenue, through Sept. 16. Everything on wheels welcome. Music, DJ...

Consumer Watch

Average amount financed for new and used vehicles hits record highs

Consumers turn to longer-term loans to help reduce costs of monthly payments. According to the latest State of the Automotive Finance Market report from Experian, which provides lenders with a quarterly analysis of the current trends and overall health of the automotive finance market, the average loan amount for a new vehicle reached a record high...

Straight Talk

Reader asks about jump-starting another vehicle

Wheels: R.J. writes by email: “On my way out of the mall, a young man asked if I would help him start his truck. So I hooked the cables up and within five minutes he said I needed to rev the engine as the car would start faster if I did that. Still, I thought I would ask you if that made a difference.” Halderman: He is right. A typical...

Wheels of the Month

PHOTOS: Two area companies compete to create two custom trucks

What do you get when you pit two truck modifiers against each other for a build-off? Well, it’s the Main Event; at least that’s what Germian Ford of Beavercreek called their recent online competition. “We wanted to do something fun, and pick-up truck build-offs are kind of popular right now,” explained John Martin, sales manager...

Wheels News to Know

Ford allows some car buyers to purchase or finance vehicles online

Car buyers at one Ford dealership can now limit their time in the showroom by purchasing or financing a vehicle online, and more dealerships will offer the option soon. Ford Motor Credit Co. said recently that customers at Ricart Ford in Groveport, Ohio, about 12 miles south of Columbus, will be able to use an online platform to choose a car, choose...